Democrats introduce legislation to protect net neutrality

Democrats introduce legislation to protect net neutrality

However, Republican lawmakers have largely stayed out of the fight, leaving blank spots in their voting records on net neutrality.

February 27 was a net neutrality "day of Action" as they pushed for a congressional resolution to nullify the FCC's December 2017 decision to remove the bright-line rule against paid prioritization, blocking and throttling. Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also introduced the CRA in the House. The CRA gives Congress 60 legislative days to consider and overturn rules from federal regulatory agencies with a simple majority vote.

The CRA resolution would nullify the FCC's repeal order, allowing net neutrality rules that were passed in 2015 to remain in place.

"Whose side are you on?" Offline, net neutrality supporters will gather outside 8 key Senate offices across the country, as well as at a rally outside the Senate in Washington, DC. "Do you stand with the big-money corporate interests and their army of lobbyists?" Even if they did, it's even more unlikely that President Trump would pass it once it landed on his desk. I urge my Republican colleagues to join the overwhelming majority of Americans who support a free and open internet.

"The actions that the FCC took will allow big companies like Verizon and Comcast to control the internet", Maloney said. The measure has attracted support from some 50 senators; 51 will be needed to pass the chamber. We also have the backing of senator Susan Collins, a Republican from ME, who has pledged to vote with us. Trade associations representing both large and small Internet Service Providers and other supporters of the Order are also expected to file in defense of the FCC's decision.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for more Republican support in a Wired editorial today.

"Every single USA lawmaker has a decision to make", Greer said in a statement. And if the Democrats got their way, President Donald Trump could well use his veto on any Senate vote. And then it will have yet another hurdle.

The commission in December adopted the proposal by Republican-appointed chairman Ajit Pai to end the so-called "net neutrality" rules adopted in 2015.

U.S. Senate Democrats are fighting to overturn the FCC's decision.

"We will keep fighting until real net neutrality is the law of land", said Sen.

They argue that the rules are vital to ensuring new businesses and services thrive.

For Democrats, the fight for one more vote might take more time.

AT&T's back again, once again breathlessly insisting that the company adores net neutrality, despite the fact it has spent millions of dollars and thousands of man hours killing the popular consumer protections. This is particularly crucial if you live in Louisiana, Florida, Alaska, Ohio, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, or Nevada-senators in these states have indicated that they're on the fence!

The first step toward making that vision a reality is passing the Senate Democrats' CRA.

On Monday, the conservative group FreedomWorks launched its own day of action, where it targeted Republican lawmakers who may be on the fence with regard to net neutrality. We are working closely with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU, and other organizations dedicated to a free and open internet.

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